Try-A-Bike loans in Camden

Camden cycling programmes are affected by Covid-19 restrictions.  Only certain Try-A-Bike loans are available in accordance with government Coronavirus guidance, please check individual offers.  We observe necessary procedures to prevent the transmission of Covid-19 and waiting times may be longer than usual.

Our free bicycle loan scheme is for those who want to experience the advantages of cycling do not yet have a bike of their own.   

We offer bikes for: 

During a free, no-obligation bike loan you can decide whether buying your own bicycle will be the right choice for you.  Loan bikes must be returned after a set period, except where cargo and family bikes are provided by our supplier Peddle My Wheels who are offering options to buy the bike.

There has never been a better time to give cycling a go—roads are being made safer for walking and cycling all across Camden. 

Try-A-Bike is open to adults (18 years and over) who live, work or study in London Borough of Camden.  Deposit payment and proof of identity required.  Borrowers must store bikes securely overnight and are responsible for their safe use.  Bike loans include locks and lights.  

We offer free cycle road safety training, too.  Cycle with confidence—register for one of our training courses before or during your Try-A-Bike loan.  

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Bikes for people who live, work or study in Camden

The following types of Try-A-Bike loans are currently suspended due to Covid-19 restrictions. We continue to accept registrations but cannot give any potential start date for new bike loans.

We support people in Camden who don't have a bike of their own and are considering to take up cycling.  

There are three types of easy-to-ride bikes on offer for free four-week loans: 

1.    Dutch-style step-through pedal bicycle

Versatile, comfortable bikes for relaxed urban commuting and leisure cycling.  Easy to ride, suitable for beginners and experienced cyclists.     

Cambridge Bobbin bike Gazelle Paris bike

2.    Folding bike

A Brompton may not be quite as quick and comfortable to ride as a standard full-size bike, but is ideal for carrying, storing in tight spaces. and taking on public transport.  For security, our Brompton bike should always be kept close to the rider and not be locked unattended in public places.  

Brompton folding bike

3.    Dutch style step-through electric bikes

Our Gazelle Vento electric bikes are easy to ride, let you go further with less effort and help you go up hills.  They come with a detachable battery and charger which connects to a standard power socket.  The bikes can achieve a range of 30 miles or more on a single charge.  

Gazelle electric bike

 

A secure place for overnight storage, proof of ID and a returnable deposit are required to secure a loan. 

Deposit amounts are £10 for Dutch-style pedal bikes, £50 for Bromptons and £50 for electric assisted bikes. 

Dates for bike loan collections and returns are arranged by appointment, in accordance with Covid-19 guidance.  

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Family bikes for parents and young children

Camden cycling programmes are affected by Covid-19 restrictions, but some Family Bike loans for parents and young children remain available.  We follow current Coronavirus guidance to prevent the transmission of Covid-19.  We can deliver bikes individually but do not currently offer cycle training sessions. Borrowers must demonstrate that they can safely ride the bike.

We support parents in Camden who want to adopt healthy, sustainable travel with their young children.  Our electric assisted family bikes will safely carry  up to two children. 

This offer is particularly suited to families who live or work in the "Neighbourhoods of the Future" area , or have a young child visiting a school there (see map below).  

There are various types of family cycle on offer: 

1. Pedal and electric assisted bikes fitted with a child seat

These are the same type of bike as offered for other adult loans.  They are of sturdy design with a strong rack at the rear and a securely mounted child seat, capable of carrying a child from age 9 months up to a weight of 22kg (49lbs, Child seats not shown on illustration).  The deposit amounts per pedal bike are £10, or £50 with electric assistance.  

Gazelle Paris bike  Gazelle electric bike

2. Tern GSD cycle fitted with up to two child seats

This electric assisted passenger bicycle is easy to ride.  It is the same size as a regular bike, and handles like one.  It has up to two passenger spaces at the back.  Different types of child seats (not shown on illustration) can be mounted so that children of various ages can be carried securely.  

The bike is capable of carrying 170kg (27 stone), comprising rider, passengers and any additional load.   It comes with detachable battery and charger, which plugs into a standard power socket.  For more information about this bike see www.ternbicycles.com/uk/bikes/gsd.

Tern GSD electric cargo bike

 

2. Christiania tricycle

This passenger tricycle of classic Danish design is now available with electric motor assistance.  With no need to balance, it is extremely easy to ride.  This cycle is considerably wider and a little longer than a regular bike.  There is a bench for two children at the front with more room for large load.  For more information about this cycle see https://www.londongreencycles.co.uk/shop/bikes/christiania-classic-light

black Christiania tricycle

 

3. Urban Arrow Shorty

This nimble and versatile family bike is roughly the same length as a regular bike.  With a maximum gross vehicle weight of 190kg, it can take securely carry two children and some cargo, too.  For more information about this bike see https://www.urbanarrow.com/en/shorty 

black Urban Arrow Shorty  black Urban Arrow Shorty with child seats

3. Urban Arrow full size

This state of the art transport vehicle is has the capacity to fit two young passenger and sizeable loads.  Due to its impressive size a large secure storage area will be needed.  Riding this bicycle requires a little practice until the rider is used to weight and dimensions.  For more information about this bike see https://www.urbanarrow.com/en/family

black Urban Arrow full size cycle

 

4. Babboe family bikes

Families not connected with "Neighbourhoods of the Future" area (see map below) can register with our supplier Peddle My Wheels for a Babboe family bike loan .  They are also offering options to buy the bike.  For more information about this range of bikes see www.babboe.co.uk

Babboe Bike

 

A secure place for overnight storage, proof of ID and a returnable deposit are required to secure a bike loan.  The deposit amount is £200 unless otherwise stated. 

Dates for bike loan collections and returns are arranged by appointment, in accordance with Covid-19 guidance.  

State in your registration if you live, work or have a young child visiting school in the "Neighbourhoods of the Future" area (see map below).

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Fitzjohns Frognal area map

Cargo bikes for transportation and business

Camden cycling programmes are affected by Covid-19 restrictions, but some Cargo Bike loans for transportation and business remain available.  We follow current Coronavirus guidance to prevent the transmission of Covid-19.  We can deliver bikes individually but do not currently offer cycle training sessions.  Borrowers must demonstrate that they can safely ride the bike. 

We support businesses in Camden that want to cut down on car or van use and move forward with sustainable transport.  

Our ‘Try before you Bike’ scheme offers Dutch-designed Babboe bikes for time-limited free loans with the option to purchase later on.  

This offer will suit businesses looking to use cost-efficient, time-saving, zero-emission transportation, for instance on Camden's growing network of cycle routes.  The offer is also available to Camden residents wanting to carry children or cargo by bike.     Babboe BIke

 

For more information and to register for a bike loan visit the web page of Camden's ‘Try before you Bike’ provider PeddleMyWheels.  Visit www.babboe.co.uk to find our more about Babboe bikes

Visit PeddleMyWheels website

During the bike loan

Camden Try-A-Bike loans continue to be offered in accordance with government Coronavirus guidance.  We observe necessary procedures to prevent the transmission of Covid-19.  Waiting times may be longer as we experience high demand for loans.

We are fortunate that we can offer Camden Try-A-Bike loans for a limited period at no cost to users.  In return, we ask participants to the cycles responsibly and carefully so that the same loans can be made available to many others, too.  

In particular, participants must:

  • keep cycles secure at all times, locking unattended bikes as instructed;
  • ride the cycles only for their intended purpose, ride within the limits of their ability, observe the highway code and other relevant obligations;
  • keep the cycles in roadworthy condition, inflate tyres when needed, carry out minor maintenancesuch as repairs of punctured tyresat their own cost; 
  • respond to all communication from Camden Try-A-Bike, and notify us of any major issues affecting the use of the cycle;    
  • return the bike at the end of the loan period at the place and time notified.

We will sign a loan agreement with details of deposit paid, and of bike and equipment loaned.

Cycles will be fitted to suit the size of the rider. 

Riders must demonstrate they can safely control the bike.  We recommend signing up for free Camden Cycle Skills training.  

In the event of loss or theft the police must be notified immediately.  Camden Try-A-Bike must be notified as soon as possible.  If damage or loss are due to negligence on part of the user, such as not securing the bike, LB Camden will recoup the value of the loss.    

If you find cycling a positive experience, we encourage you by buying a suitable bike from a trader of your choice.  

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